Remarks by Ambassador Yu Dunhai at the "Imagining China" Children's Art Competition Award Ceremony

Honourable Minister for Education, Dr. Justyne Caruana,

Teachers and students,

Dear friends,

Good morning.

I am delighted to attend the “Imagining China" Children’s Art Competition online awards ceremony this morning. The smiling faces of the students bring me even more joy and warmth.

Let me start by thanking the Ministry for Education and the China Cultural Centre for their long-term cooperation and commitment. My gratitude also goes to all the schools, the teachers and the students for their participation. In particular, I would like to congratulate the students on doing an excellent job. I wish you all the success in your future endeavors.

As distance tests a horse’s stamina, time reveals a person's character. China-Malta friendship has withstood the test of time, which I am certain will continue to grow stronger and stronger. The two peoples of China and Malta have gone through thick and thin together, supported and assisted each other, and formed a brotherly bond. China-Malta relationship sets a model of peaceful coexistence between countries of different size, population, cultural traditions and political systems.

The Dry dock, the breakwater and the Chinese Garden of Serenity in Santa Lucija serve as monuments of our relations. The China Cultural Centre, the Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Confucius Institute continue to write new chapters of our friendship here in Malta.

In 2018, the two governments signed a memorandum of understanding on Belt and Road cooperation, mapping out a new blueprint for enhancing our cooperation in the new era. Closer people-to-people exchanges between China and Malta not only deepens our friendship, but also contributes to the exchanges and mutual learning between China and the west.

Dear friends,

Paintings sing thousands of years in silent poems. This is the praise given by a Chinese scholar to the act of painting. There are also many insightful interpretations of painting in the West, such as “Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight”; “A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts” and so on.

I have enjoyed everyone’s wonderful paintings and it is lovely to see the different artistic techniques, styles and subject matters chosen to portray the common theme, “China”. The artistic works are full of imagination and creativity, whilst possessing the purity and innocence of childhood. The paintings showcase the similarities and differences between the China I know and the China in Maltese children’s eyes, which will help us deepen our understanding of each other and enhance our cultural connection.

The younger generation is the future of our countries and the future of China-Malta friendship as a friendship established during childhood can last a lifetime and People-to-people exchanges hold the key to sound state-to-state relations.

I believe through the "Imagining China" Children’s Art Competition, you will be able to maintain your innocence, curiosity and thirst for knowledge, continue to learn and improve your artistic accomplishments. You will all become ambassadors of China-Malta friendship and contribute to the common development of the two countries.

Due to the pandemic, we cannot hold a face-to-face award ceremony, but we are longing to be together more than ever before, and we need to support each other more than ever before. I sincerely hope that the pandemic will come to an end soon and everyone will be able to visit China to discover and feel the beauty of China with your own eyes and heart.

Thank you.

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